It'll be a long wait. Three months, to be exact. After being together for almost 9 years, it’s time for rejuvenation. Dead was your face. Stopped was your heart. Metallic cold was your body. I did not see you off but I've been thinking about you since our last meeting at the airport.
Your sound never left me.
This was perhaps the only sound that took the pain away. For a good 15 minutes, at least. But what is time anymore when you are not around? The deep-fried, aromatic crunch was tranquilizing. And very much flavoured. It was hot too. But not spicy.
Was it just me or had the fries turned sad after you left. They were not as salty or crispy as they used to be. But I was wrong. It was just simply Cajun-ed. And that took me 2 weeks to realize. Time has definitely elapsed before me while I’m still at that very moment you left.
I’m envisioning the moment we’ll meet again. Before my birthday, they said. Whether it’ll be a joyful celebration or a solemn wake of our anniversary, it’ll not include the shrimp burger. Four fried shrimps sandwiched between buns, we have definitely reached deeper than that.
This space, cold. Just cold. And there’s the dampening weather. The bland coleslaw too.
The biscuit was more like a scone. Warm and flaky. With strawberry jam from Heinz to spread on. A newfoundland that took another 10 minutes of pain away.
I need a newfoundland. Something to touch and hold while you are gone. This will not reach you (and I plan to keep it that way) but you should know that distance does not make the heart grow fonder. That’s old skool and scientifically unproven.
KC5102 is a ticket to ride to the newfoundland. I got it yesterday.
You take care.
Changi Airport Terminal 3
65, Airport Boulevard
Tel: (+65) 62475521
Popeyes is an American fastfood chain famed for its fried chicken. Unlike KFC, it offers only the breaded type. Both are equally crispy and delicious but good old Colonel Sanders edged Popeye (unrelated to Olive’s boyfriend) by adding a touch of heat to their Hot And Spicy label.
2 pieces chicken combo (Medium) with biscuit, Cajun fries and soft drink – S$7.40
Shrimp sandwich combo (Medium) with Cajun fries and soft drink – S$7.90
Coleslaw (Regular) – S$2.00
This post is not about human relationships.